The Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays in five games in the A.L.C.S. by outpitching them! No one could have seen that calling. Especially with Trevor Bauer only lasting 2/3 of an inning in game #3. The pen then worked an amazing 8 1/3 innings to step up and help the Indians win that game! Corey Kluber started 2 games in this series for the Tribe and he was 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Josh Tomlin was also rock solid as he was 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP in his start against the Jays. Rookie lefty Ryan Merritt was making only the second start of his Major League career last night and he worked 4 1/3 scoreless innings in which he gave up 2 hits and 0 walks while whiffing 3 batters. The bullpen made Merritt’s solid work last night stand up. The Indians’ starting pitchers were a combined 2-1 with a 1.23 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. The Indians’ starters gave up 15 hits and 7 walks while whiffing 23 batters in 22 innings in the A.L.C.S.
The Tribe’s bullpen was outstanding in this series! Lefty reliever Andrew Miller was outstanding in this series, which is the reason he was named the MVP of the A.L.C.S. Miller pitched in 4 games (0 starts) in this series for the Tribe and he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.39 WHIP! He only gave up 3 hits and no runs or walks while whiffing 14 batters in his 7 2/3 innings in this series! Closer Cody Allen was also outstanding for the Tribe in this series and he was 0-0 with 3 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.43 WHIP. He gave up 1 hit and 1 walk, while giving up no runs while whiffing 7 batters in his 4 2/3 innings in this series. Bryan Shaw pitched in 4 games (0 starts) in this series for the Tribe and he was 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA and a 2.10 WHIP. Shaw gave up 6 hits, 1 run (it was earned) and 1 walk while whiffing 4 batters in his 3 1/3 innings in this series. Jeff Manship, Dan Otero, Mike Clevinger and Zach McAllister also pitched for the Tribe out of the pen in this series. The Indians’ bullpen combined to go 2-0 with 4 saves, a 1.64 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP. The Indians’ pitching staff as a whole was 4-1 with 4 saves, a 1.43 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.
The Tribe’s offense revolved around hitting homers in this series! Switch-hitting SS Francisco Lindor led the way for the Tribe in this series and he was 7 for 19 (.368 avg, .979 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBI. Lefty swinging outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall was 4 for 16 (.250 avg, .500 OPS) with 0 runs scored, 0 homers or RBI. Switch-hitting outfielder Coco Crisp was clutch for the Tribe once again in this series. He played in 4 games in this series and he was 2 for 8 (.250 avg, 1.025 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base. Switch-hitting 1B/DH Carlos Santana played in all 5 games in this series and he was 3 for 18 (.167 avg, .750 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers and 2 RBI.
Switch-hitting Jose Ramirez and lefty swinging Jason Kipnis couldn’t buy a hit against the Blue Jays in this series. Ramirez played in all 5 games in this series and he was only 1 for 17 (.059 avg, .118 OPS) with 1 RBI. Kipnis also played in all 5 games in this series and he was only 1 for 19 (.053 avg, .311 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI. The Indians combined to only hit .168 with a .544 OPS in this series. But, they still outscored the Blue Jays 12-8, as they hit 6 homers in this series. The Tribe prevailed 4-1 in the A.L.C.S. and they are awaiting the Chicago Cubs or Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series!